Tuesday 22 August 2017

Kim Bielenberg: Churches won’t like Obama’s attack on segregated schools

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast June 17
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to guests at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast June 17

THERE was the usual blarney as the Obamas arrived in Northern Ireland, but there was also a slight edge to the US President’s speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

The first instinct of a US President visiting this island is to avoid arguments that might prove politically controversial.

Once we had got over the familiar O’Bama jokes about his Irish background and his distant Moneygall cousin “Henry the Eighth”, he delivered an oration of more substance than that in College Green in Dublin in 2011

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